Should A Boss’ Warning Be In Writing?

Question:

Should the employer give a copy of warning to the employee?

Signed,

Warned


Answer:

Dear Warned:

Whether or not the employee receives “a copy” of a warning is dictated by company policy. In the disciplinary process, the first step is usually a verbal “warning.” Often there is a record of this action, but it is considered supervisor notes. The next step is usually a “written” warning. At this point, the employee should be given a copy of the written warning. If the supervisor does not offer a copy of the written warning, the employee should ask for one. A copy may be requested by the employee of the initial verbal warning that in most cases, the employer would be glad to give you some form of documentation of the action taken. Always feel free to discuss disciplinary actions with the employer in order to have a clear understanding of your exceptions.

Self interest is natural and best realized when thinking beyond ego to WEGO.

Gerald Allen